Liam’s Day 5K is Saturday

Liam’s Day 5K is SaturdayThe Canfield family collects donations at the inaugural “Liam’s Day 5K.” Pictured from left are Travis, Seth, Owen and Sharon Canfield — Courtesy photo

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By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR

News Review Correspondent

“If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it” is the motto for the Canfield family, who will present the second annual Liam’s Day 5K Food Drive on Saturday, March 30.

“Last year we had such great success — we had over 70 runners and walkers,” said Sharon Canfield, who is coordinating the event as a service project in memory of her son. The race starts and ends at Upjohn Park, with the registration starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9:45 a.m. The race starts promptly at 10 a.m.

“At the end we will have cupcakes to celebrate our runners, walkers and volunteers,” said Canfield. “We will also have prizes for the top three female and top three male finishers.”

Prizes include free admission to Knotts Berry Farm and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (two tickets to one park per winner) donated by Qlite 92.7, as well as gift certificates to Ridgecrest Cinemas (two-ticket value) and Pizza Factory (large one-topping pizza).

As for the entry fee, those participating are encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money donations for the Salvation Army.

“The food pantry is always in need of breakfast cereals (cold and hot), soups, pastas, canned meats and condiments,” said Canfield, “For those who want to bring monetary donations, we prefer checks written out to the Salvation Army.”

The Canfield family has done many such service projects over the years to honor Liam’s short time on this earth.

“In 2010, our first son, Liam, was born too early due to premature labor caused by complications during the pregnancy, and he passed away,” said Canfield. “We decided that each year around his birthday we would honor and celebrate him by finding a need within our community and filling it, as well as inspiring others around us to do the same.

“It makes this hard time of year so much easier to see our friends and community come out support us in these service opportunities.”

Liam’s Day 5K food drive is just one of the many ways the Canfields have blessed the community since they began staging projects in April 2011.

“Past Liam’s Day service projects have included collecting supplies and making hygiene packets for the Women’s Center-High Desert, as well as making tissue paper flowers and handing them out to the patients at the nursing home behind the hospital. (Going to) the nursing home was one of our favorites, because we passed out the flowers and were able to visit and listen to the patients and residents there,” said Canfield.

This year’s event is especially bittersweet for the Canfield family.

“Sadly we added another loss in early 2018 to this service and celebration,” explained Sharon.

“But serving others and seeing so many participate comforts us during this time of year and makes this a time of celebration. We dedicate this race and food drive to them, and to everyone participating today who has experienced loss or other hardships.”

Canfield noted there are other ways to support the 5K. “If you cannot run or walk, there other ways to help. We need help at the start and finish as well as set up and take down. Or just come and drop off a donation and take a cupcake on your way out. Please contact us at tinyfootprints45@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Also please follow the event on Facebook for further event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/603062306821574/.”

Story First Published: 2019-03-29